H2M provided engineering services to the United States Postal Service (USPS) for the design of a new closed circuit television system (CCTV) and card access and security controls at its Queens Processing & Distribution Center. Services included the design of the facility’s new CCTV system, consisting of three new operator consoles; 16 DVRs; exterior day/night Pan, Tilt, Zoom cameras fixed on parking lots, exit doors, lobbies, and loading docks; and interior day/night cameras fixed on all staircase towers and sensitive areas.
A total of 12 Pan, Tilt, Zoom cameras and 85 fixed cameras were installed. In addition to the design of security monitoring system, a new vehicle control office security/access control system was developed, incorporating a video/intercom/access control system. The access system included individual employee cards for over 1,000 employees, card readers at all entry/exit doors, main lobbies, turnstiles, driver entrance doors, and stock rooms and was integrated with the facility’s local area network (LAN). The existing LAN was also interfaced with a wide area network (WAN) to allow nationwide control over the entire system.
The Queens facility was one of the first USPS facilities to utilize this new WAN Access Control System. The access control system featured numerous upgrades, including new, electrified interior door hardware, exterior emergency egress door hardware, door status monitoring, and three new USPS ACE workstations. A total of 76 card readers were installed to control 61 access points.